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Essential Austria - Vienna & Salzburg (10 days)

Exeter International

Vienna, Austria To Salzburg, Austria

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018


Day 1
Vienna, Austria
Sacher Wien None

Morning arrival into Vienna, where your private driver will welcome you for transfer to your deluxe hotel in the center of the city.

Vienna is a city whose history stretches back over 2,000 years. Originally a Celtic Settlement, it became part of the Roman Empire in 15 BC.  The Romans were forced to leave the region during the fourth century as northern tribes regained their foothold in Eastern Europe.  By 1155, the Babenbergs declared Vienna a “civitas” indicating that it was developing into a well-ordered community.  From this time forward Vienna grew under the influence of the Byzantium Empire, the Orient, Martin Luther, the threat of the Turks, Emperor Franz Joseph, Maria Theresa, Richard the Lion Heart, Karl Marx, and a host of other fascinating events and people, creating one of the world’s great cultural centers.

Day 2
Vienna, Austria
Sacher Wien Breakfast

This morning your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 9AM.  Your walk will lead you into the Hofburg Palace Complex and the Spanish Riding School.  This is the oldest and last Riding School in the world where classic dressage is still practiced in its purest form.  

This Institute was founded in 1572 and its very name gives away the fact that the horses were of Spanish origin. The Lipizzaner is regarded as the oldest classic horse race in Europe.  The superb arena - the Winter Riding School in the Vienna Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in which the Riders of the Spanish Riding School train the horses and where they perform was commissioned by Emperor Karl VI. His portrait decorates the white baroque hall built by Josef Emanuel Fischer von Erlach from 1729 to 1735. Since 1920 the presentations of classical dressage have been open to the public.

This morning, schedule permitting, you may visit a practice session of the Spanish Riding School.  You may depart at your leisure and continue with your tour.

Afterwards, you can continue on your walking tour of the Hofburg Palace complex.  Your guide will take you into the lavish private living quarters of Empress Elizabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph from the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) was the Austrian’s Princess Di and prior to entering the Imperial Apartments, there is an exhibition of her life, which is quite interesting.

This morning your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 9AM.  Your walk will lead you into the Hofburg Palace Complex and the Spanish Riding School.  This is the oldest and last Riding School in the world where classic dressage is still practiced in its purest form.  

This Institute was founded in 1572 and its very name gives away the fact that the horses were of Spanish origin. The Lipizzaner is regarded as the oldest classic horse race in Europe.  The superb arena - the Winter Riding School in the Vienna Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in which the Riders of the Spanish Riding School train the horses and where they perform was commissioned by Emperor Karl VI. His portrait decorates the white baroque hall built by Josef Emanuel Fischer von Erlach from 1729 to 1735. Since 1920 the presentations of classical dressage have been open to the public.

This morning, schedule permitting, you may visit a practice session of the Spanish Riding School.  You may depart at your leisure and continue with your tour.

Afterwards, you can continue on your walking tour of the Hofburg Palace complex.  Your guide will take you into the lavish private living quarters of Empress Elizabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph from the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) was the Austrian’s Princess Di and prior to entering the Imperial Apartments, there is an exhibition of her life, which is quite interesting.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 3
Vienna, Austria
Sacher Wien Breakfast

Today meet your driver-guide (one person) for an excursion outside Vienna to some of its most notable wine areas.  Just an hour outside Vienna is the Burgenland region which, because of its location, has historically changed hands between Hungarians and Austrian several times and was even occupied by the Soviet army in the Second World War and not returned to Austria until 1955.  

Now Burgenland features innovative vintners, chefs and artists determined to preserve the area’s old traditions.  It’s gaining popularity as a destination because of its climate, idyllic vineyards producing fine wines, ancient castles, the breathtaking expanses of the Pannonian plains, and the gorgeous Lake Neusiedl.

Today you will also visit Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, once the residence of princes and former home of Josef Haydn.  The magnificent ambiance of the castle dates back to the 1300s and allows you to glimpse how Eszterhazy princes lived in the 1800s.

The Lake Neusiedl area us a UNESCO protected area and is Europe’s largest steppe lake.  You can explore the lake and its surrounding nature for a bit on one of the public boat excursions.

You might want to experience lunch today at Gut Purbach, operated by chef Max Stiegl, who, at 20, was the youngest chef ever to earn a Michelin Star.  Food here is authentic cuisine from local sources, paired, of course, with the region’s best wines.  Reservations are required and the cost of your meal is not included.

Your excursion today will include wine tastings in two local vineyards.

Day 4
Vienna, Austria
Sacher Wien Breakfast

This morning your private driver and guide will meet you and will take you to the famous Schönbrunn Palace, the summer home of the Hapsburgs. The design of Schönbrunn is bound largely with the personality of Maria Theresa, one of the Hapsburg’s greatest Empresses.  Originally designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer Von Erlach, Maria Theresa gave Nikolaus Pacassi the contract to expand the summer palace.  The palace stands today as a combination of Austrian Rococo and Classic Baroque symmetry.  

Later your guide will take you to the Naschmarkt, for a glimpse into one of the best markets in Vienna.  This market dates to the 16th century and now features a huge array of food, from fresh fruits and vegetables, to spices, bread and pastries.  There are also several small restaurants featuring different cuisines – the perfect place to stop for an afternoon respite.

From here you will visit the vibrant Museum Quarter.  You will see one of the finest art museums in Europe, the Museum of the History of Art (Kunsthistorisches Museum) in the Museum quarter.  Here you will find a vast array of paintings including Bruegel, Vermeer, Velazquez, Rubens and Rembrandt.  Also in the collection you will find an important Egyptian collection and other items from antiquity.  This museum houses the personal art collection of the Hapsburgs, built up over the centuries. Indeed, the building itself was constructed for the sole purpose of housing the ever-expanding collection.  

In the same building you will find the newly opened Kunstkammer (Treasure Chamber).  The most important collection of its kind, this part of the museum has been closed for 10 years and will reopen in early 2013.  The collection consists of the Hapsburg’s treasures assembled during the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque.  The collection includes over 2,000 pieces of art, including gold, bronze, ivory, ostrich eggs, the horn of the (legendary!) unicorn and Cellini’s golden Saliera (salt cellar), often called the Mona Lisa of sculpture.  The salt cellar alone is insured for over $60 million.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 5
Vienna, Austria
Sacher Wien Breakfast

This morning your local wine expert, Martin, will meet you at your hotel at 9AM.  He acts as your driver and guide today and will pick you up in his VW sedan or similar for your journey outside of Vienna.

Your destination today is the Wachau Valley, located about an hour outside of Vienna.  Your guide is the grandson of one of the area’s original vintners and he knows every little winery and vintner along the way.  Your excursion today will take you literally up into the hills bordering the Danube as you drive through vineyards and small villages.  Your guide will explain a bit about how the region was developed, the type of wines that are the specialty of the region and how different terrain makes different wines, even of the same varietal.

Your trip would not be complete without tastings at two local wineries.  After your tastings, head back into Vienna and enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure.

Day 6
Vienna, Austria
Sacher Wien Breakfast

This morning your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 9AM for an exploration of some of the notable sites in Vienna’s Jewish history.  There are few European cities whose history is as closely connected with Jewish history as Vienna.  Until 1938, Vienna had a flourishing Jewish community with dozens of synagogues and prayer houses. The prevalent anti-Semitism of the time provided fertile grounds for the racism and terror of the Nazis, which started immediately after the occupation of Austria by the German Wehrmacht in March of 1938.  Coming to terms with the largest crimes in the history of Vienna and Austria is a process that has lasted decades and is still not finished. Since the eighties (the Jewish Welcome Service was founded in 1980), the City of Vienna has made increased efforts to show the history and Jewish heritage in all its complexity.

Begin with a walk through what was once Vienna’s Jewish Quarter- Leopoldstadt.  This former hub of Jewish life contained the city’s finest synagogues, along with a wide array of Jewish shops, clubs, theaters and more.  This was also the Central European stronghold of Zionism and Chassidism.  Today you may visit the Jewish Museum, the Museum at Judenplatz (with the subterranean remains of a medieval synagogue), the Holocaust Memorial at Judenplatz and the Memorial against War and Fascism at Albertinaplatz. You may also see a large region with tombs from the time before 1938 that can be found in the Jewish section of the Central Cemetery.

Day 7
Salzburg, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Sacher Salzburg Breakfast

Morning transfer to the train station for the three-hour train to Salzburg. Arrival in Salzburg, where your personal driver will welcome you for transfer to your deluxe hotel in the city center.  

After check-in and some time to settle in, your English-speaking guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 2 PM for this afternoon’s overview walking tour of historic Salzburg.  Salzburg's Old Town with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centers in Europe and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Hohensalzburg fortress, strategically located on a hill overlooking the old town, is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Originally built in the 11th century as a simple bailey with wooden walls, the structure was gradually expanded and strengthened in the following centuries.  Because the fortress actually never came under a military siege and was surrendered without a fight to Napoleon’s army, this is one of the best-preserved castles in Europe.

You will also see the Salzburg Cathedral, a 17th-century Baroque building which was the site of Mozart's baptism. The church is dedicated to St. Rupert – Salzburg’s patron saint. According to a legend, St. Rupert was the founder of the city, as in the 7th Century he chose to start his Christian mission on the site of an old Roman settlement and called it Salzburg (Salt Castle) after the barges which carried salt from the local salt mines and across the Salzach River.

St. Rupert also founded the Benedictine St. Peter’s abbey, the oldest monastery in Austria. The Romanesque abbey church, still in use today, was dedicated in the 12th Century. Its interiors were refurbished in the Rococo style in the 18th Century. The abbey also houses the oldest library in Austria including 800 ancient manuscripts and some 100,000 volumes, focusing on medieval church history, art history, and items relating to the local history of Salzburg,

Salzburg’s most famous son is of course Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and you will get a chance to visit his birthplace, if you are interested. Mozart’s father was a member of the prince’s chamber orchestra and young Amadeus learned to play the harpsichord at the age of 3. By the age of 5 he was already writing his first compositions. During his short life, Mozart wrote over 50 symphonies and 15 operas, but he died debt-ridden at age 35 and was buried in a mass grave.

Later today, if time allows, you might also like to see the Mirabell Palace, located on the bank of the Salzach River, which was supposedly built by a local archbishop for his Jewish mistress. The palace gardens house the Baroque Museum, featuring an extensive collection of artifacts from the 17th – 18th Century.

Day 8
Salzburg, Austria
Sacher Salzburg Breakfast

Today meet your guide and driver to explore the surrounding countryside.  You can explore the gorgeous Salzkammergut area, including St. Gilgen, Lake Wolfgang, and the Sound of Music wedding church in Mondsee.   This is Austria’s Romantic Road.  Begin at the furthest point with a drive to one of our favorite cities in the area – Hallstatt.  

This area is of stunning natural beauty and Hallstatt a village nestled upon the shorts of a lake.  This town has been famous for its salt mines and has a 7000 year history.  Hallstatt is also the home of the baroque castle Trautenfels, where you can find expositions on local history.  

Bad Ischl is also worth a stop.  This imperial town was frequented by the Hapsburgs.  Today you can stroll the ancient streets of the village and, if you’re interested, stop into the Imperial Villa for a visit to this Hapsburg family summer residence.  There is also a fantastic Konditorei (confectioner) here perfect for an afternoon stack – Konditorei Zauner – right in town at Pfarrgasse 7.

St. Wolfgang is worth a stop to take a ride on the Wolfgangsee Lake.  If you’re so included, there is also a nostalgic railroad here that is the steepest cogwheel railway in Austria and it takes you up the Schafberg Mountain (featured in the Sound of Music)

St. Gilgen is another tiny town along Wolfgangsee Lake.  Here you can take a cable car (weather permitting) up the mountain for stunning panoramic views and nice hiking.  This is called Zwölferhorn (12erhorn).  

Finally, if you’re interested, stop by Mondsee to see its colorful market square and stop at the cloister church used as the wedding church in The Sound of Music.

Day 9
Salzburg, Austria
Sacher Salzburg Breakfast

Your driver-guide will meet you in the hotel lobby this morning at 10 AM.  In the Bavarian Alps, above the Obersalzberg stands the former mountain residence of Hitler. It offers magnificent views across the snowcapped peaks of the surrounding mountains. Passing the Castle Hellbrunn, through Anif, you will arrive at the German border.  If you would like, your driver will take you to the famous salt mines of Salzburg (which are actually now in Germany!).  This fascinating tour will take you deep into the mountains of Salzburg to show you underground lakes, historic and current mining techniques and even exciting wooden slides.

Driving along the Königseeache, through the lovely valley and picturesque farmland to Unterau you start your ascent to the Obersalzberg.  Here you stop to see what is left of Hitler’s mountain compound and to enjoy the wonderful panorama (view of Hitler's Eagle's Nest).  You will then continue down the Königsee or Echo Lake, squeezed among the steep mountain peaks.   Today’s tour also includes a boat ride on the Königsee.

On the way back to Salzburg, you may also stop in villages of Berchtesgaden or Anif, if time permits.  Evening at leisure in Salzburg.

Day 10
Salzburg, Austria
None Breakfast

Morning at leisure before checkout and transfer to the airport or train station.

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About Us

For 25 years, Exeter International has established itself as the leading deluxe specialist operator to Central and Eastern Europe, Russia & Central Asia. We use our intimate regional knowledge and expertise to create unique, often limited access travel experiences. Our multi-national, multi-lingual specialists craft authentic insider experiences, created with imagination. When you book with Exeter International you can expect the top guides in each city pre-reserved weeks in advance, matched to your preferences. Our specialists have also been recognized by the Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure top agent list since their inception.

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Terms & Conditions

Visas & Passports  –

Russia requires visas of United States citizens and Exeter International will arrange for the invitation required for a visa upon

booking. Each traveler will be responsible for one passport photo, a completed visa form, one photo copy of the information pages of his/her passport, the invitation, and the visa processing fee. If the traveler would like, Exeter International will obtain all visas at additional cost. Each traveler is responsible for his/her own passport, which must be valid for six (6) months after the completion of the participant’s tour. Exeter International is not responsible for the refusal of a visa to any traveler by any consulate. In the event of visa refusal, any and all expenses/cancellation fees shall be borne by the traveler.

Payment Policies - Deposit Requirements

Small Group Tours - Deposits ($500) per person, for group tours are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and are non-refundable and nontransferable. We will hold your reservation for one week after you book your tour without a deposit. Some special programs (cruises and trains) may have different deposit policies.

Independent Programs -

 A 10% or $250 per person (whichever is greater) non-refundable deposit is required to confirm an independent travel program. No Services are confirmed prior to deposit being received.

Payment Policies – Final Payment

Final payment is due 60 days prior to the commencement of travel. If final payment is not received 60 days prior to departure, your reservation will automatically be canceled. Some special programs (cruises and trains) may have different final payment policies.

Prices and Services – All taxes are included in program prices.

Payments –

Payments must be made in Tampa, FL to Exeter International at least eight weeks prior to departure and are accepted by check, cash or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card for credit card payment. Please note that payment for any services a traveler wishes to add once travel commences must be made in United States Dollars to the Exeter International local representative. We cannot accept personal checks or travelers checks overseas.

Hotels –

The tour cost assumes double occupancy in all hotels. Single supplements will be calculated based on exact dates of travel. We reserve the right to substitute hotels of equal or superior quality.

Transfers & Vehicles –

Exeter International will supply its travelers with personal transportation to and from all train stations, airports and ports, as described in the tour description. Baggage assistance is included for one piece of luggage per person, but tour participants should be prepared to handle their own bags at certain times during the tour. Please read carefully the Exeter International Travel Tips publication. We cannot guarantee air-conditioned vehicles in some cities. Touring and transfers will be by regular 4 passenger cars unless you have specifically ordered a

luxury car for your tour.

Scheduling –

Please note that due to circumstances beyond the control of Exeter International, the tour may not be deliverable exactly as described (i.e. theater scheduling, hotel occupancy, etc.), BUT Exeter International will substitute scheduled or advertised events, hotels, and restaurants with alternatives of equal or greater value and quality. All hotels, restaurant and airline space is subject to their management’s approval. Exeter International will make every effort to guarantee this package as is, but conditions will sometimes mandate minor changes to the program. Reservations are nontransferable.

Expedited Services

Expedited Bookings –

All bookings confirmed less than six weeks before departure will require expedited procedures. The cost for expedited

bookings is $250 per booking.

Expedited Documents –

If final travel documents are required more  than four (4) weeks in advance of the departure date, a $50 expedited documents fee applies to the booking. If overnight delivery of documents is required at any time, a fee of $35 will be applied to the booking.

Itinerary Changes –

Once a group or individual travel itinerary has been confirmed, an amendment fee of $100 per revision will be charged. The traveler will also be responsible for any additional expenses that may be incurred due to a voluntary itinerary change.

Cancellation Policies –

Up to 8 weeks prior to departure: Deposit is nonrefundable 8 weeks to 14 days prior to departure: 50% cancellation fee 13 days or less prior to departure: 100% cancellation fee Reservations made at Russian and non-Western hotels are nonrefundable within 30 days of departure. Travelers are liable for airline and hotel cancellation fees as stated in their agreements. For all cruise and train bookings, please refer to the cancellation policies outlined in the specific Terms & Conditions for that program. All cancellations must be received in writing. If Exeter International must cancel your trip, you will be fully refunded.

Guaranteed Departures and Small Groups -

All Exeter International tours are guaranteed departures unless specifically noted with a minimum group size in the tour description. In small groups (less than 8 guests), the guides will act as the tour mangers in each of the cities. For all groups larger than 8 guests a tour manger will meet the group upon arrival in the first city of the tour and travel with this group throughout the duration of the tour. Certain events and meals may be changed slightly for small groups, as described in the brochure.

No Smoking –

 For the enjoyment of all passengers, smoking is not allowed on Exeter International buses and cars or while the group is together on tour or at meals.

Insurance –

Exeter International highly recommends that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. This may be purchased directly through Exeter International or through your travel agent.

What is included –

Your tour includes everything that is specifically stated in the tour description. Breakfast (usually buffet) is usually provided daily; lunch and dinner will be provided only as stated in the tour description. Meals always include tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages and mineral water are not included in meals, unless specifically noted. Visa fees are not included in tour prices.

Exeter International’s Responsibility –

Exeter International reserves the right, but is not obligated, to not accept or retain as a tour passenger any member whose

condition or physical needs or conduct impede the operation of the tour or affect the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of the tour’s other participants. A refund of the unused portion of the tours is the limit of Exeter International’s liability if such a person is asked to leave the tour.

Exeter International acts only on behalf of hotels, restaurants, train lines, boat lines, its owners, operators or contractors (all herein called contractors) providing services in connection with Exeter International’s tours. In the absence of negligence on Exeter International’s part, Exeter International is not responsible for personal injury or property damage or loss arising out of the act or negligence of any direct air carrier, hotel or other person rendering any of the services or accommodations offered herein. The traveler agrees to the foregoing, and also agrees that Exeter International will not be or become liable or responsible for any loss, default, or injury of any person, company, or other legal entity engaged to supply the same. Exeter International accepts no responsibility for losses or expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strikes, hotel overbooking, social and labor unrest, terrorist activities, war, quarantine, or any other causes, actions or omissions, or conditions over which it has no control.

Additional Terms – Venue for all claims or disputes shall be exclusively in Hillsborough County, Florida, whose Courts, using Florida Law, shall have exclusive jurisdiction. Damage claims against Exeter International shall be limited to the value of the particular item in dispute and not for any incidental, consequential, or special damages. Exeter International assumes responsibility for representations it makes, but not for those made by others and including, but not limited to, any employee of Exeter International or independent travel agent. Payment for reservations on any Exeter International tour shall constitute consent to all the provisions in the General Information and Conditions published herein and is binding on all tour and travel participants.

All tour prices include the cost of planning and operations and are based on the tariffs, fuel costs and exchange rates in effect November 1, 2009 and are subject to change without notice at any time prior to payment in full of tour services.

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Highly recomended

By: KandeeB

Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2013

Exeter International was staffed with first class personnel from the drivers to the EXTRAORDINARY guides through out the trip. The vehicles used to transport us were luxurious. The hotels were commensurate with the level of quality expected by the cost and located in the most advantageous sites. Totally organized and stress free experience.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg
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Great high-end travel company

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2013

Does superb job for demanding high-end travel Customized travel with excellent guides and programs. You pay but you get what you pay for.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner
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Highly recommend

By: Jean

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2013

Exeter was very well organised with very good guides and drivers. Our requests were responded to with professional speed. Some of our hotels could have been better. But we understand that they were the best available. We would have no hesitation using this agency again and recommending them to others.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale
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Pampered Travel

By: KandeeB

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Exeter provides luxury travel with all the hassles and worries removed. The quality of their drivers and guides is first rate. From the minute you arrive until your final departure you are in excellent hands. The itinerary is well thought out and provides many special visitations not offered to other tourists. I have heartily recommended Exeter to several people without any reservation.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg


By: Jean

Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2014

We have used Exeter on a prior trip and were equally happy with them this time. We did have a Russian Visa situation which could have been serious, but was resolved quickly.The guide spoke very good English and was knowledgable in history and art along with the local architecture. The driver was also very safe in a chaotic traffic system.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

highly recommend

By: BB

Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Highly recommended

By: Mkt123

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2014

We were connected with local English speaking guides and drivers that gave us an inside view of each country we traveled to. The experience was priceless.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Rhodes

Oustanding Guides

By: J & W

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2014

All of the services provided by Exeter were truly outstanding. The hotel accommodations were excellent. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and well organized. The drivers were prompt and courteous. The suggestions for restaurants and additional things to do and see were very good. The printed booklet of helpful hints and language support was a nice bit of support for travelers who are visiting countries for the first time.
Travel Advisor:  Sara Krutsinger

Across the Russian Far East

By: Judee 544

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2015

Everything was perfectly planned and resulted in a wonderfully exciting trip with all of our interests and needs taken into account. going on such an adventurous and challenging trip, so far away when one is no longer young could have been quite difficult, but instead was nothing but a fabulous experience. Wonderful guides and wonderful experiences on the Trans-Siberian Express and the cities of the Russian Far East, and a lovely hotel at the end in Moscow.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Rubenstein

Excellent Russian Trip

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2016

Exeter provided all of our guides and support for a 9 day family trip to Russia - very well informed, personable guides and smooth transportation. We were a bit hesitant to go to Russia but highly recommend - the trip of a lifetime !
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman
Not Recommended


By: TheGrapevine

Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

Take out trip insurance - not going to bash - but you get the idea.....
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1st Class

By: Carlos Gavidia

Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2017

From the beginning to the end this organization really surprised me! From getting our travel visas for Moscow to every detail of the tour pick up transfers and tours through the city were perfectly executed
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale



Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

Exeter was excellent with tour logistics and great guide. Seamless trip.
Travel Advisor:  Britt Gerber

Great planning and service

By: WWII And Cold War History

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Exeter planned an excellent two week trip for me and my three teenagers. We went to Poland, Germany and Amsterdam. We focused on WWII and Cold War history. The plan was thoughtful and well paced. When I had questions Exeter staff responded promptly. A very good experience.
Travel Advisor:  Josh Friedman

St. Petersburg Tour

By: B Snead

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Our driver and guide could not have been better. Polite and accommodating for the three days we were in St. Petersburg. We saw a lot of attractions, got some behind the scenes tours and were able to access some sights prior to the general public. I would use Exeter again without hesitation!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth


By: Hodges

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Exceeded all expectation. Super cost effective to compared to Oceania.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Germany & Russia

By: Oz

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

I strongley reccomend Exeter for shore excursions. Their staff and vehicles were first class, and the value was tremendous. We never felt uncomfortable or worried about being back to the ship on time. True professionals.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great tour

By: mt

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2017

Knowledgable, efficient and friendly tour operators!

Baltic Cruise

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Fantastic tour service. Their guides and drivers were outstanding. Guides all had an excellent knowledge of the city and the history. We are very pleased that Ralph recommended Exeter. When comparing notes with others that had used the tours supplied by the ship, we learned that we had seen and accomplished much more than they had. Our guides were able to make special arrangements that others could not. Will always use Exeter when it is available
Travel Advisor:  Ralph Iantosca

Great tour

By: Ann

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2017

Everything was wonderful. Very nice guide and well informed about the places we visited.

Exeter International

By: Goodwitch

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

All guides were great and expedited airport service was fantastic
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Smith

St Petersburg

By: Swan

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Absolutely fabulous
Travel Advisor:  Sherrie Coffey

Custom Guided Tour

By: JJ

Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2017

The tour guides and drivers were outstanding plus. They were very personable, always early, and their local knowledge was excellent. All of them were eager to please and all adapted to the changing crowd situation caused by weather, national holiday, or political meeting.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy